Iron-On Transfer Instructions

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An iron-on transfer is when you take an image on a special type of paper and iron it onto a shirt permanently. Find out about iron-on transfer instructions with help from a professional tailor in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Carol Hughes. I've owned and operated Custom Costumes and Tailor Made for 25 and 30 years. Today, I'm going to teach you some basics in ironing. This is how to apply an iron-on transfer. The things you will need will be a shirt, a flat ironing surface, the transfer, a pair of scissors, and an iron. If you have the perfect idea for a t-shirt design or another fabric craft and can't find it in stores, iron-on transfers are a simple way to make it happen. Once you have a design, load your iron-on paper into the printer. Make sure it is right side up and print away. To make your transfer designer image test the print on regular paper to make sure that you like the way it looks before printing it on your much more costly iron-on paper. To iron on your transfer heat the iron to the temperature that the instructions on your transfer paper advise. Make sure that you place something directly behind the piece of fabric you are ironing onto. If this is a shirt put the backing inside the shirt to prevent the pattern from bleeding through to the back. Place the iron-on pattern where you would like it. And place another piece of fabric on top. Run the iron over in small motions for the amount of time prescribed in the directions. When you think it is complete slowly lift one corner and check. If the design does not come off cleanly put it back and try again. Once it sticks cleanly, slowly lift off paper and allow the transfer to set. And that's how you put on an iron on transfer.

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